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a peaceful retreat by thomas kinkade painting 26567
beyond spring gate by thomas kinkade painting 26851
sunrise by thomas kinkade painting 31639
make a wish cottage 2 by thomas kinkade painting 29682
natures paradise by thomas kinkade painting 30090
a new day dawning by thomas kinkade painting 26558
christmas moonlight by thomas kinkade painting 27272
clearing storms by thomas kinkade painting 27319
clocktower cottage by thomas kinkade painting 27334
deer creek cottage i by thomas kinkade painting 27634
dogwood chapel by thomas kinkade painting 27684
la jolla cove by thomas kinkade painting 29399
mountain paradise by thomas kinkade painting 29974
paris eiffel tower by thomas kinkade painting 30349
san francisco a view down california street from nob hill by thomas kinkade painting 30994
streams of living water by thomas kinkade painting 31511
sweetheart cottage ii by thomas kinkade painting 31713
the good life by thomas kinkade painting 32143
victorian autumn by thomas kinkade painting 33103
bridge of hope by thomas kinkade painting 12533
end of a perfect day by thomas kinkade painting 12534
almost heaven by thomas kinkade painting 26084
autumn lane by thomas kinkade painting 26374
a perfect yellow rose by thomas kinkade painting 26575
beyond summer gate by thomas kinkade painting 26852
bloomsbury cafe by thomas kinkade painting 26907
cobblestone bridge by thomas kinkade painting 27367
deer creek cottage by thomas kinkade painting 27633
end of a perfect day iii by thomas kinkade painting 27832
hometown memories by thomas kinkade painting 28675
key west by thomas kinkade painting 29077
make a wish cottage by thomas kinkade painting 29683
mountain retreat by thomas kinkade painting 29975
new york 5th avenue by thomas kinkade painting 30115
seaside village by thomas kinkade painting 31052
stillwater cottage by thomas kinkade painting 31411
the beginning of a perfect day by thomas kinkade painting 31890
the hour of prayer by thomas kinkade painting 32206
the light of freedom by thomas kinkade painting 32275
the light of peace by thomas kinkade painting 32276
venice by thomas kinkade painting 33070
tinker bell and peter pan fly to neverland by thomas kinkade painting 33910
tinker bell and peter pan fly to neverland by thomas kinkade painting 33911
beauty and the beast falling in love by thomas kinkade painting 33988
san francisco a view down california street by thomas kinkade painting 12535
san francisco powell street by thomas kinkade painting 12536
abundant harvest by thomas kinkade painting 26004
afternoon light dogwood by thomas kinkade painting 26032
autumn at ashley s cottage by thomas kinkade painting 26353
autumn snow by thomas kinkade painting 26383
a holiday gathering by thomas kinkade painting 26504
a perfect red rose by thomas kinkade painting 26573
a perfect summer day by thomas kinkade painting 26574
a quiet evening by thomas kinkade painting 26582
a winter s cottage by thomas kinkade painting 26684
a winter s eve by thomas kinkade painting 26685
beacon of hope by thomas kinkade painting 26811
besides still waters by thomas kinkade painting 26843
blessings of christmas by thomas kinkade painting 26900
block island by thomas kinkade painting 26903
boston by thomas kinkade painting 26967
boston celebration by thomas kinkade painting 26968
boulevard of lights paris by thomas kinkade painting 26977
bridge of faith by thomas kinkade painting 27041
bridge of hope by thomas kinkade painting 27042
brookeside hideaway by thomas kinkade painting 27055
cannery row sunset by thomas kinkade painting 27142
cape hatteras light by thomas kinkade painting 27151
cedar nook cottage by thomas kinkade painting 27205
chicago water tower by thomas kinkade painting 27238
christmas at the ahwahnee by thomas kinkade painting 27268
christmas cottage by thomas kinkade painting 27269
christmas evening by thomas kinkade painting 27270
christmas memories by thomas kinkade painting 27271
city by the bay by thomas kinkade painting 27300
cobblestone brooke by thomas kinkade painting 27368
cobblestone christmas by thomas kinkade painting 27369
cobblestone evening by thomas kinkade painting 27370
conquering the storms by thomas kinkade painting 27411
conquering the storms by thomas kinkade painting 27412
cottage by the sea by thomas kinkade painting 27445
country living by thomas kinkade painting 27451
courage by thomas kinkade painting 27462
dawson by thomas kinkade painting 27613
elegant evening by thomas kinkade painting 27777
elegant evening at biltmore by thomas kinkade painting 27778
end of a perfect day by thomas kinkade painting 27831
end of a perfect day ii by thomas kinkade painting 27833
evening glow by thomas kinkade painting 27879
evening on the avenue by thomas kinkade painting 27885
fenwaypark by thomas kinkade painting 27973
fenwaypark by thomas kinkade painting 27974
fisherman s wharf by thomas kinkade painting 28020
footprints in the sand by thomas kinkade painting 28147
forest chapel by thomas kinkade painting 28149
gingerbread cottage by thomas kinkade painting 28340
golden gate bridge san francisco by thomas kinkade painting 28409
graceland by thomas kinkade painting 28433
great north by thomas kinkade painting 28457
heather s hutch by thomas kinkade painting 28607
homestead house by thomas kinkade painting 28672
hometown christmas by thomas kinkade painting 28673
hometown evening by thomas kinkade painting 28674
hometown morning by thomas kinkade painting 28676
hometown pride by thomas kinkade painting 28677
home for christmas by thomas kinkade painting 28681
home for the holidays by thomas kinkade painting 28682
hyde street and the bay san francisco by thomas kinkade painting 28779
julianne s cottage by thomas kinkade painting 29043
lakeside manor by thomas kinkade painting 29202
lake arrowhead by thomas kinkade painting 29204
lake arrowhead by thomas kinkade painting 29205
lamplight bridge by thomas kinkade painting 29229
light of freedom by thomas kinkade painting 29511
living waters by thomas kinkade painting 29537
living waters by thomas kinkade painting 29538
lombard street by thomas kinkade painting 29543
london by thomas kinkade painting 29544
london at sunset by thomas kinkade painting 29545
morro bay at sunset by thomas kinkade painting 29946
mountains declare his glory by thomas kinkade painting 29970
mountain memories by thomas kinkade painting 29972
nascar thunder by thomas kinkade painting 30083
new horizons by thomas kinkade painting 30110
ny yankee stadium by thomas kinkade painting 30204
paris city of lights by thomas kinkade painting 30348
perseverance by thomas kinkade painting 30422
petals of hope by thomas kinkade painting 30425
pools of serenity by thomas kinkade painting 30497
portofino by thomas kinkade painting 30520
rose gate by thomas kinkade painting 30899
san francisco fisherman s wharf by thomas kinkade painting 30995
san francisco lombard street by thomas kinkade painting 30996
seaside hideaway by thomas kinkade painting 31050
silent night by thomas kinkade painting 31168
snow white discovers the cottage by thomas kinkade painting 31266
spirit of christmas by thomas kinkade painting 31308
spirit of xmas by thomas kinkade painting 31312
st. nicholas circle by thomas kinkade painting 31362
stairway to paradise by thomas kinkade painting 31368
studio in the garden by thomas kinkade painting 31526
sunday at apple hill by thomas kinkade painting 31609
sunday evening sleigh ride by thomas kinkade painting 31610
sunday outing by thomas kinkade painting 31611
sunrise chapel by thomas kinkade painting 31640
sunset on lamplight lane by thomas kinkade painting 31674
symbols of freedom by thomas kinkade painting 31727
the aspen chapel by thomas kinkade painting 31849
the edge of wilderness by thomas kinkade painting 32038
the garden of prayer by thomas kinkade painting 32114
the heart of san francisco by thomas kinkade painting 32191
the night before christmas by thomas kinkade painting 32382
the old fishing hole by thomas kinkade painting 32394
the rose garden by thomas kinkade painting 32527
the sea of tranquility by thomas kinkade painting 32551
the spirit of new york by thomas kinkade painting 32603
town square by thomas kinkade painting 32812
victorian christmas by thomas kinkade painting 33104
xmas moonlight by thomas kinkade painting 33476
yankee stadium by thomas kinkade painting 33477
yawkey way by thomas kinkade painting 33478
yawkey way by thomas kinkade painting 33479
autumn on mackinac island by thomas kinkade painting 33618
a new day at the cinderella s castle by thomas kinkade painting 33624
friendship cottage by thomas kinkade painting 33730
it doesn t get much better by thomas kinkade painting 33754
moonlit sleigh ride by thomas kinkade painting 33781
stepping stone cottage by thomas kinkade painting 33834

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thomas kinkade paintings

thomas kinkade (born january 19, 1958 in sacramento, california) is an american painter of popular and commercial realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects. he is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via the thomas kinkade company. he characterizes himself as "thomas kinkade, painter of light," a phrase he protects through trademark, and likes to be known as "america's most-collected living artist".[1] media arts, the publicly-traded company that licenses and sells kinkade's products, claims that 1 in 20 homes in the u.s. feature some f.
Thomas Kinkade

Born (1958-01-19)January 19, 1958
Sacramento, California, USA
Died April 6, 2012(2012-04-06) (aged 54)
Monte Sereno, California
Nationality American, USA
Field Painting
Training Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Thomas Kinkade (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012)was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects.[3] He is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company. He characterized himself as "Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light," a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). He was claimed to be "America's most-collected living artist" before his death with an estimated 1 in every 20 American homes owning a copy of one of his paintings.

Early yearsKinkade grew up in the town of Placerville, California, graduated from El Dorado High School in 1976, and attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.He married Nanette Wiley in 1982 and the couple have four daughters: Merritt (b. 1988), Chandler (b. 1991), Winsor (b. 1995) and Everett (b. 1997), all named for famous artists.He and his wife had previously separated for over a year before his death in 2012.
Thomas Kinkade

Born (1958-01-19)January 19, 1958
Sacramento, California, USA
Died April 6, 2012(2012-04-06) (aged 54)
Monte Sereno, California
Nationality American, USA
Field Painting
Training Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Thomas Kinkade (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012)was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects.[3] He is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company. He characterized himself as "Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light," a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). He was claimed to be "America's most-collected living artist" before his death with an estimated 1 in every 20 American homes owning a copy of one of his paintings.

Early yearsKinkade grew up in the town of Placerville, California, graduated from El Dorado High School in 1976, and attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.He married Nanette Wiley in 1982 and the couple have four daughters: Merritt (b. 1988), Chandler (b. 1991), Winsor (b. 1995) and Everett (b. 1997), all named for famous artists.He and his wife had previously separated for over a year before his death in 2012.

Some of the people who mentored and taught him long before college were Charles Bell and Glenn Wessels.Wessels encouraged Kinkade to go to the University of California at Berkeley. Kinkade's relationship with Wessels is the subject of a semi-autobiographical film released in 2008, The Christmas Cottage. After two years of general education at Berkeley, Kinkade transferred to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

In June 1980, Kinkade spent a summer traveling across the United States with his college friend James Gurney. The two of them finished their journey in New York and secured a contract with Guptill Publications to produce a sketching handbook. Two years later they produced The Artist's Guide to Sketching,[1] which was one of Guptill Publications' best-sellers that year. The success of the book landed him and Gurney at Ralph Bakshi Studios creating background art for the 1983 animated feature film Fire and Ice.[1] While working on the film, Kinkade began to explore the depiction of light and of imagined worlds. After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California.

Artistic themes and styleA key feature of Thomas Kinkade's paintings are their glowing highlights and saturated pastel colors. Rendered in highly idealistic American scene painting values, his works often portray bucolic, idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, lighthouses and Main Streets. His hometown of Placerville (where his works are omnipresent) is the inspiration of many of his street and snow scenes. He has also depicted various Christian themes including the Christian cross and churches.

The fine-art world overwhelmingly derided Kinkade's work as little more than commercially successful kitsch.Kinkade received criticism for the extent to which he had commercialized his art, for example, selling his prints on the QVC home shopping network. Others have written that his paintings are merely kitsch, without substance, and have described them as chocolate box art[10] and "mall art."In a 2001 interview, Kinkade proclaimed, "I am really the most controversial artist in the world."
Kinkade said he was placing emphasis on the value of simple pleasures and that his intent was to communicate inspirational, life-affirming messages through his work. A self-described "devout Christian" (even giving all 4 of his children the middle name "Christian"[13]), Kinkade said he gained his inspiration from his religious beliefs and that his work was intended to contain a larger moral dimension. He has also said that his goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he creates. Many pictures contain specific chapter-and-verse allusions to certain Bible passages.

Kinkade said, "I am often asked why there are no people in my paintings,"[9] but in 2009 he painted a portrait of the Indianapolis Speedway for the cover of that year's Indianapolis 500 race program that included details of the diversity of the crowd, hiding among them the figures of Norman Rockwell and Dale Earnhardt. He also painted the farewell portrait for Yankee Stadium.[14][15] About the Indianapolis Speedway painting, Kinkade said:

The passion I have is to capture memories, to evoke the emotional connection we have to an experience. I came out here and stood up on the bleachers and looked around, and I saw all the elements of the track. It was empty at the time. But I saw the stadium, how the track laid out, the horizon, the skyline of Indianapolis and the Pagoda. I saw it all in my imagination. I began thinking, 'I want to get this energy — what I call the excitement of the moment — into this painting.' As I began working on it, I thought, 'Well you have this big piece of asphalt, the huge spectator stands; I've got to do something to get some movement.' So I just started throwing flags into it. It gives it kind of a patriotic excitement.
Mike McGee, director of the CSUF Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton, has written of the Thomas Kinkade Heaven on Earth exhibition:

Looking just at the paintings themselves it is obvious that they are technically competent. Kinkade's genius, however, is in his capacity to identify and fulfill the needs and desires of his target audience—he cites his mother as a key influence and archetypal audience — and to couple this with savvy marketing ... If Kinkade's art is principally about ideas, and I think it is, it could be suggested that he is a Conceptual artist. All he would have to do to solidify this position would be to make an announcement that the beliefs he has expounded are just Duchampian posturing to achieve his successes. But this will never happen. Kinkade earnestly believes in his faith in God and his personal agenda as an artist.

Artist and Guggenheim Fellow Jeffrey Vallance has spoken about Kinkade's devout religious themes and their reception in the art world"

This is another area that the contemporary art world has a hard time with, that I find interesting. He expresses what he believes and puts that in his art. That is not the trend in the high-art world at the moment, the idea that you can express things spiritually and be taken seriously ... It is always difficult to present serious religious ideas in an art context. That is why I like Kinkade. It is a difficult thing to do.

Essayist Joan Didion is a representative critic of Kinkade's style:

A Kinkade painting was typically rendered in slightly surreal pastels. It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.

Didion goes on to compare the "Kinkade Glow" to the luminism of 19th-century painter Albert Bierstadt, who sentimentalized the infamous Donner Pass in his Donner Lake from the Summit.[19] Didion sees "unsettling similarities" between the two painters, and worries that Kinkade's own treatment of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, The Mountains Declare His Glory, similarly ignores the tragedy of the forced dispersal of Yosemite's Sierra Miwok Indians during the Gold Rush, by including an imaginary Miwok camp as what he calls "an affirmation that man has his place, even in a setting touched by God's glory."

[edit] BusinessKinkade's works are sold by mail order and in dedicated retail outlets. Some of the prints also feature light effects that are painted onto the print surface by hand by "skilled craftsmen," touches that add to the illusion of light and the resemblance to an original work of art, and which are then sold at higher prices. Licensing with Hallmark and other corporations have made it possible for Kinkade's images to be used extensively on other merchandise such as calendars, puzzles, greeting cards, and CDs. By December 2009, his images also appeared on Wal-Mart gift cards.

He has also authored or been the subject of over 120 books and is the only artist to license his trademark and artwork to multiple housing developments.
Kinkade is reported to have earned $53 million for his artistic work in the period 1997 to May 2005.

At the height of his business, there was a national network of several hundred Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries, however they began to falter during the Late-2000s recession. In June 2010, his Morgan Hill, California manufacturing operation that reproduces the art filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing nearly $6.2 million in creditors' claims.[8] The company, Pacific Metro, plans to reduce its costs by outsourcing much of its manufacturing.

[edit] Criticism of business practicesKinkade's company, Media Arts Group Inc., has been accused of unfair dealings with owners of Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery franchises. In 2006, an arbitration board awarded Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello $860,000 in damages and $1.2 million in fees and expenses due to Kinkade's company "[failing] to disclose material information" that would have discouraged them from investing in the gallery.The award was later increased to $2.8 million with interest and legal fees.The plaintiffs and other former gallery owners have also leveled accusations of being pressured to open additional galleries that were not financially viable, being forced to take on expensive, unsalable inventory, and being undercut by discount outlets whose prices they were not allowed to match.

Kinkade denied the accusations and Media Arts Group successfully defended itself in previous suits by other former gallery owners. Kinkade himself was not singled out in the finding of fraud by the arbitration board.[23]

In August 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI was investigating these issues, with agents from offices across the country conducting interviews.

Former gallery dealers also charged that Kinkade uses Christianity as a tool to take advantage of people. "They really knew how to bait the hook," said one ex-dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They certainly used the Christian hook."One former dealer's lawyer stated "Most of my clients got involved with Kinkade because it was presented as a religious opportunity. Being defrauded is awful enough, but doing it in the name of God is really despicable."On June 2, 2010, Pacific Metro, the artist's production company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, one day after defaulting on a $1 million court imposed payment to the aforementioned Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello.A $500,000 payment had previously been disbursed.

During the years 1997 through 2005, court documents show at least 350 independently owned Kinkade franchises at its peak. By May 2005, that number had more than halved. Kinkade received $50 million during this period.[25] An initial cash investment of $80,000 to $150,000 is listed as a startup cost for franchisees.

Related projects and partnershipsKinkade was selected by a number of organizations to celebrate milestones, including Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, Walt Disney World Resort's 35th Anniversary, Elvis Presley's purchase of Graceland 50 years ago and the 25th anniversary of its opening to the public, and Yankee Stadium's farewell 85th season in 2008. Kinkade also paid tribute to Fenway Park.
Kinkade was also the artist of choice to capture the historic mansion Biltmore House on canvas; he also introduced the Commemorative Portrait of the 50th Running of the Daytona 500 in 2008.

In 2001, Media Arts unveiled "The Village at Hiddenbrooke," a Thomas Kinkade-themed community of homes, built outside of Vallejo, California in partnership with the international construction firm Taylor Woodrow. Salon's Janelle Brown visited the community and found it to be "the exact opposite of the Kinkadeian ideal. Instead of quaint cottages, there's generic tract housing; instead of lush landscapes, concrete patios; instead of a cozy village, there's a bland collection of homes with nothing—not a church, not a cafe, not even a town square—to draw them together."

[edit] Personal conductThe Los Angeles Times has reported that some of Kinkade's former colleagues, employees, and even collectors of his work say that he had a long history of cursing and heckling other artists and performers. The Times further reported that he openly groped a woman's breasts at a South Bend, Indiana sales event, and mentioned his proclivity for ritual territory marking through urination, once relieving himself on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim while saying "This one's for you, Walt."[33][34] In a letter to licensed gallery owners acknowledging he may have behaved badly during a stressful time when he overindulged in food and drink, Kinkade said accounts of the alcohol-related incidents included "exaggerated, and in some cases outright fabricated personal accusations." The letter did not address any incident specifically.

In 2006, John Dandois, Media Arts Group executive, recounted a story that on one occasion ("about six years ago") Kinkade became drunk at a Siegfried & Roy magic show in Las Vegas and began shouting "Codpiece! Codpiece!" at the performers. Eventually he was calmed by his mother.[33] Dandois also said of Kinkade, "Thom would be fine, he would be drinking, and then all of a sudden, you couldn't tell where the boundary was, and then he became very incoherent, and he would start cursing and doing a lot of weird stuff like touching himself."[33] In June 2010, Kinkade was arrested in Carmel, California for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was convicted.
Charities and affiliationsKinkade has supported non-profit organizations focusing on children, humanitarian relief, and the arts, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, World Vision, Art for Children Charities, and The Salvation Army.[citation needed] He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.[citation needed]

In 2002, he partnered with The Salvation Army to create two charity prints, The Season of Giving and The Light of Freedom. Proceeds from the sale of the prints were donated to The Salvation Army for their relief efforts at Ground Zero and to aid the victims of the September 11 attacks and their families in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. More than $2 million was donated as a result of this affiliation. In 2003, Kinkade was chosen as a National Spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and during the 20 Years of Light Tour in 2004, he raised over $750,000 and granted 12 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.[31]

In 2005, the Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging more people more effectively in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems, named Kinkade as Ambassador of Light. He was the second person in the Foundation's 15-year history to be chosen as Ambassador, the first being the organization's founder, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.[31] During his Ambassador of Light Tour, Kinkade visited cities nationwide to raise awareness and money for the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network, which serves more than 360 Points of Light member Volunteer Centers in communities across the country.

Archbishop Mitty High School of San Jose dedicated their theater complex in his name due to various donations.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitionKinkade received many awards for his works, including multiple National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) awards for Artist of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year, and his art was named Lithograph of the Year nine times.

In 2002, Kinkade was inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame as an individual who has influenced the public's perception of tourism in California through his images of California sights. He was selected to commemorate the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and the 2002 World Series. He was also honored with the 2002 World Children's Center Humanitarian Award for his contributions to improving the welfare of children and their families through his work with Kolorful Kids and Art for Children.

In 2003, Kinkade was chosen as a national spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2004, he was selected for a second time by the Christmas Pageant of Peace to paint the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. The painting, Symbols of Freedom, was the official image for the 2004 Pageant of Peace.

In 2004, Kinkade received an award from NALED recognizing him as the Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 Years. Most recently in 2005, he was named the NALED Graphic Artist of the Year. He was also recognized for his philanthropic efforts by NALED with the Eugene Freedman Humanitarian Award.

[edit] In popular cultureKinkade said his art is meant to have broad appeal. In his own words:

There's been million-seller books and million-seller CDs. But there hasn't been, until now, million-seller art. We have found a way to bring to millions of people, an art that they can understand.

In Heath and Potter's book The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed, Kinkade's work is described as "so awful it must be seen to be believed."[38] In Dana Spiotta's 2011 novel Stone Arabia, the main character's boyfriend, an art teacher at a private school in Los Angeles, gives her presents of Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light pieces. "When I asked him why Thomas Kinkade, he just said, 'Well, he is America's most successful artist. And a native Californian as well.' Or he would say, 'His name has a trademark — see?' and he would point to the subscript that appeared after his name." The pieces are "deeply hideous" and "kitschy," but for some reason she loves them.

Mat Johnson's 2011 novel Pym includes a parody of Kinkade named Thomas Karvel, "the Master of Light."

A self-produced movie about Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage, was released on DVD in late November 2008. The semi-autobiographical story looks at the motivation and inspiration behind his most popular painting, The Christmas Cottage. Jared Padalecki plays Kinkade and Marcia Gay Harden plays his mother. Peter O'Toole plays young Kinkade's mentor, who tells him, "Paint the light, Thomas! Paint the light!."

Kinkade's art is parodied on the comedy Web site Something Awful, which uses Photoshop to highlight some of the oddities in perspective and light in Kinkade's work, e.g., cabin interiors on fire, neon patches of glowing grass with no light source, etc.

[edit] DeathOn April 6, 2012, Thomas Kinkade died at his home in Monte Sereno, California of "acute intoxication" from alcohol and Valium.He was 54 years old.He died on Good Friday.[45] He had been at home drinking all night with Amy Pinto, his girlfriend of 18 months. His wife, Nanette, had filed for divorce two years earlier and was traveling in Australia with their daughters. His family initially said he appeared to have died of natural causes. Pinto stated that the artist "died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved."

He is survived by his wife Nanette and their daughters Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett. He also has a brother, Dr. Patrick Kinkade, who is an associate professor and chair of the Criminal Justice department at Texas Christian University.

Following Kinkade's death, his wife Nanette sought a restraining order against Kinkade's girlfriend, Amy Pinto, to prevent her from publicly releasing information and photos with respect to Kinkade, his marriage, his business and his personal conduct that "would be personally devastating" to Kinkade's wife.

He is buried at Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga, California.

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